The annual Halloween episodes of The Simpsons usually include a few moments that are truly spooky — and the newest installment features one of the creepiest, most disturbing segments in the show’s 29-year history.
When his wife and kids leave town to visit some extended family, Homer swiftly eats his way through the remaining food in the household. While cooking his very last morsel — a hot dog that was hiding in the back of the freezer — Homer accidentally slices off his finger, and then, against his better judgement, decides to eat it like a sausage. This sends him into a giddy cannibalistic frenzy. “I eat more and exercise less than the most succulent pigs — of course I’m delicious,” Homer says to himself. The Simpson dad gleefully slices off appendages and extracts his own nasty bits to use in new culinary creations.
When she returns home, Marge is terrified by his new obsession and decides they need to go to couples therapy. The visit to the shrink is a total bust. Marge leaves in tears, but right as she departs, “famous cooker-upper” Mario Batali steps into the doctor’s office, ready to make a deal. “I got depressed because I ran out of exciting new ingredients,” he explains. “Homer, we need to talk.”
Batali opens Chez Homer, a restaurant where the Simpson family patriarch is literally the main course. At the grand opening, Batali tells the rest of the Simpson brood about Homer’s demise: “He wanted me to pass on these final words: I’ve failed as a man, but I’ve succeeded as an ingredient.”
The success of Chez Homer leads to a few fast-food spinoffs:
The episode ends with Homer in heaven, asking Jesus: “Do you know what it’s like to have everyone eat of your body?” To which he replies: “Yeah, like every Sunday, pal.”
This gonzo Simpsons story is available to stream now on Hulu along with two other new, equally twisted “Treehouse of Horror” tales.
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